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    The Dilemma in the EU Mercosur Trade Deal and its Role in the Protection of the Amazon

The Dilemma in the EU Mercosur Trade Deal and its Role in the Protection of the Amazon

Guest blogger Marcus Walsh, postdoctoral fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Europe, questions whether the EU Mercosur framework protects the Amazon Rainforest or if it has exacerbated the prioritisation of business interests. 

In reacting to the recent fires in the Amazon as a result of prioritization of business interests by the Brazilian administration, the EU Commission has stated […]

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    The costs of extending drug patent terms on Brazilian health system

The costs of extending drug patent terms on Brazilian health system

Professor Ken Shadlen looks at a recent paper co-written by incoming student in the Department of International Development, Eduardo Mercadante, that looks at the effects that slow patent examination of pharmaceuticals can have on the Brazilian Universal Health System (SUS). 

Patents provide monopolies for 20 years from the date of application. In Brazil, however, a unique provision of the patent law guarantees […]

This isn’t the first time fires have ravaged the Amazon

Professor Kathy Hochstetler looks back to the Amazon fires in 1989 and questions what has been done (and undone) since then to protect world’s largest rainforest. 

At the end of the 1980s, fires raging in the Brazilian Amazon went viral in photos that were disseminated around the world. In a quote widely attributed to Al Gore, though he denies ever making it, the […]

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    Bolsonaro’s dismantling in Brazil: a threat for both the environment and the economy

Bolsonaro’s dismantling in Brazil: a threat for both the environment and the economy

MSc Environment and Development candidates, Cristiane Mazzetti and Júlia Bussab Fonseca, pick apart Bolsonaro’s efforts to dismantle environmental policies in Brazil and the impact this has had on the international commodities market. 

Leveraged by a massive popular dissatisfaction with the economic and political crisis in Brazil, the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro was elected with the declared intention of recovering the economy. Since the electoral […]

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    Integrating science, technology and health policies in Brazil

Integrating science, technology and health policies in Brazil

Professor Ken Shadlen summaries a recent paper he, Elize Fonseca (FGV-Sao Paulo) and Francisco Bastos (FIOCRUZ) co-authored for the Journal of Latin American Studies, which looks at the role of public health professionals as agents of reform within the Ministry of Health in Brazil. 

Integrating the goals of improving health systems with initiatives to foster science and technological (S&T) development […]

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    The Racial Dimensions Of “Nature”: Environmental Justice and CO2lonialism in Brazil

The Racial Dimensions Of “Nature”: Environmental Justice and CO2lonialism in Brazil

Racial thinking shapes the spaces in which we live and the way we perceive the environment. The concept of “race” is inseparable from contemporary environmental issues and linked to colonial legacies. In Brazil, racial discrimination is deeply intertwined with development and the protection of the Amazon. Guest blogger, Arzucan Askin tells us more. 

The linkages between climate change, colonialism, and capitalism […]

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    Brazil’s Fight against Hepatitis C — Universalism, Local Production, and Patents

Brazil’s Fight against Hepatitis C — Universalism, Local Production, and Patents

In his recent short essay for the New England Journal of Medicine, Professor Ken Shadlen and co-authors examine three aspects of Brazili’s pioneering approach to the treatment of Hepatitis C virus (HCV). 

Brazil has been a pioneer in AIDS treatment, expanding access to key drugs and care. It has served as a model for other developing countries, showing that prevention and […]

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To gut the Amazon, Bolsonaro needs local help

The Brazilian president-elect can’t pursue his environmental policies on his own. After this weekend’s state elections, he’ll have the backing he needs. Professor Kathy Hochstetler explains: 

Over the weekend, the ultra-conservative candidate Jair Bolsonaro handily beat his opponent, Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party (PT), in the second round of the Brazilian presidential elections.

For a campaign season characterized more by rhetoric […]

Why is nobody talking about prisons?

Alumnus and 2017 MSc Development Management graduate, Debora Zampier, investigates why the crises in prison management are neglected by state policy, and uses Brazil as a case study to offer alternative ways to approach the subject that takes authority, incentives and accountability (AIA) mechanisms into consideration.

This research has been summarised from her Master’s thesis, ‘Nobody’s fault’: investigating institutional causes of prisons’ mismanagment, which was […]

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    Can We Count on Improved Accountability Through ICTs?: The Brazilian Case

Can We Count on Improved Accountability Through ICTs?: The Brazilian Case

MSc students Chengxue Yang, Kuranda Morgan, Minjee Kim, Qihua Huang and Wishchapol Techawiwattanarkarn, use the case of the electronic voting system in Brazil to analyse whether technology can improve accountability. This article is a summary of their recent group research project for Policy, Bureaucracy and Development (DV450).

In October 2018, Brazilians will go to the polls to once again elect a new president […]